Holidaying Islander Ends Up Headlining At Music Festival

bequai festivalA Scilly musician who took his harmonica on holiday has ended up playing with a headline act at a music festival!

Terry Ward has performed as vocalist with island group The Steamband since the 1970s.

Earlier this year, Terry and his wife Jane took a break on the Caribbean island of Bequia in The Grenadines.

During a meal, he asked whether he could join in with the band performing at the restaurant.

Members of ‘Country Relatives’ agreed and Terry accompanied them on four numbers.

The band was so impressed that they invited Terry back to perform at four more gigs, including their bill-topping performance at the annual Bequia Blues Festival.

Terry says the audience was bigger than the Steamband’s legendary Hall For Cornwall gig last year.

He didn’t know most of their set, which was Cajun country music featuring banjos, but he says he gave it his best shot and everyone seemed happy.

“You’ve just got to know what key they’re in,” he said.

Terry says the band “couldn’t have been nicer people” and added that it “really made his holiday.”